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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Found Poetry Review

The deadline for submissions to the Found Poetry Review is the end of this month, so hurry and submit if you have anything found. In addition to poems, they also accept photographs in the spirit of found poems.

At their website the reader is treated to an assortment of great found poems, definitions of found poetry (so you can understand the difference from erasures), and example found elsewhere on the web. Furthermore the journal cites the following for those who have legalistic minds (from the Found Poetry Review website):

"The editors do not claim copyright on any source material incorporated into the poems published on this site. We believe that publishing found poetry falls under Fair Use standards, and aim to adhere to the Center for Social Media’s “Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Poetry,” which contains the following guidelines for found poetry:

NEW WORKS “REMIXED” FROM OTHER MATERIAL: ALLUSION, PASTICHE, CENTOS, ERASURE, USE OF “FOUND” MATERIAL, POETRY-GENERATING SOFTWARE DESCRIPTION: What is now called remixing is a contemporary version of allusion or pastiche and has long been an important part of poetic practice. In general, it takes existing poetry (or literary prose) as its point of reference. In some cases, however, the stuff of poetic remix may come from other sources, including (but not limited to) advertising copy and ephemeral journalism. Members of the poetry community also recognize that technology has extended the range of techniques by which language from a range of sources may be reprocessed as new creative work.

PRINCIPLE: Under fair use, a poet may make use of quotations from existing poetry, literary prose, and non-literary material, if these quotations are re-presented in poetic forms that add value through significant imaginative or intellectual transformation, whether direct or (as in the case of poetry-generating software) indirect.

  • Mere exploitation of existing copyrighted material, including uses that are solely “decorative” or “entertaining,” should be avoided.
  • Likewise, the mere application of computer technology does not, in itself, render quotation or re-use of an existing poem fair.
  • If recognizable in the final product, quotations should be brief in relation to their sources, unless there is an articulable rationale for more extensive quotation.
  • The poet should provide attribution in a conventionally appropriate form unless it would be truly impractical or artistically inappropriate to do so."

Armed with all this useful information, go out and find some poems today.

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